Global Caché Launches iTach Flex, CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Honoree

Posted on 08. Jan, 2013 by in Press Releases

Las Vegas, NV and Jacksonville, OR, USA — January 8, 2013 — (2013 International CES Booth #35352 South CES2013small.fwHall 4)  Global Caché, the leading independent manufacturer of IP and WiFi connectivity products for the control and automation markets, today announced a new product, the award-winning iTach FlexTM, winner of the International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Honoree Award. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

Global Caché’s iTach Flex (patent pending), an industry first, is a smart end-point that WiFi or network enables electrical devices instantly. The Flex adds intelligence to the enabled device, allowing events and tasks to be triggered. In addition, the Flex supports HTTP for web browser access control from anywhere on the network. The iTach Flex includes a 4 Meg flash drive, allowing for use of local memory on the Flex to accomplish tasks, store web pages and JavaScript, and to be used in system operation.

Additionally, the Flex is designed to work with the cloud-based Global Caché IR database. Employing the cloud-based IR database, IR codes are easily identified, downloaded, and stored in the Flex. This special architecture provides a platform for ease of installation, and flexibility when equipment is changed, swapped or upgraded.

The Flex’s extremely small footprint, slightly larger than a pack of gum, is ideally suited for transparent coupling and seamless integration with any device in homes or businesses. The Flex’s unique hardware form offers the ability to bridge products and systems in a way never available before by featuring a WiFi or network connection and a standard 3.5mm jack that supports almost any type of protocol using Flex Link cables. Built-in HTTP support   allows for simple and instant network connectivity.

flex-edit1Robin Ford, Global Caché VP said, “This is an exciting event for us, as we launch this amazing little device. Using the Flex as a platform, our partners and customers will be able to control and automate virtually any kind of system or protocol. The on-board memory, HTTP interface, and ability to add different connectivity cables to it, make it unique and quite powerful.  This is the culmination of over 10 years in the control and automation markets, the market changing advent of smartphones and tablets, and listening to input from thousands of customers. We believe this revolutionary little device is a game-changer for us and our partners as we continue to work with them for system and software solutions.”

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Global Cachė’s iTach Flex will be displayed in the Global Caché booth in South Hall 4, booth number 35352, and in The Venetian at the 2013 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 6 in the South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value
  • Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace

The following models will be available through Global Caché’s reseller channel within 30 days. Individual product pricing on request:

  • iTach Flex wired
  • iTach Flex wired with PoE
  • iTach Flex WiFi
  • Flex Link cable RS232
  • Flex Link cable IR emitter
  • Flex Link cable IR Blaster
  • Flex Link cable IR tri-port
  • Flex Link cable IR emitter with 3 emitters and 1 blaster

A copy of the Flex product data sheet can be downloaded from our website.

About Global Caché, Inc.

Global Caché is well-known for state-of-the-art products that WiFi and network enable devices in control and automation systems. Our award-winning iTach family of products and GC-100 network adapters connect almost any electrical device to any network, with the next generation of iTach, the iTach Flex, adding intelligence as well as connectivity. Our products are based on open systems and industry accepted standards to work seamlessly with other control software and hardware. In addition, Global Caché provides IR learners, sensors, receivers, and conversion cabling to connect previously unconnected systems to a network. Global Caché sells through distributors, VARs, and OEMs. For more information on Global Caché and our products and services or to place an order, visit online at or call us at 541.899.4800.


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